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>> jay: jamey johnson. nice job. >> thank you. >> jay: great song. thank you, man. thank you, thank you. i want to thank my guests robert downey jr., paula deen and, of course, jamey johnson. tomorrow night, robin williams will be here. ig htnoallon happening w. u owyorrermoevy., od by e-bye. this morning on "early today," power shift. just two years after barack obama's triumphant presidential victory, voters deal him a blow, handing republicans control of the house of representatives. we have the nation's major election results covered in this decision 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television [ applause ] hello and good morning. welcowelcome to oup ptheth
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time zone. i'm lynn berry. today, we begin with a government divided. american voters have signaled that they want a change in this nation. they did so by handing the republicans an overwhelming victory in the midterm elections. the gop has firmly taken control of the house just two years after president barack obama rode a waive of enthusiasm to win the white house. with more we go to nbc's tracie potts in washington. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. this was a big victory for the republican party and for john boehner, likely the next speaker of the house who said that this election was needs to change course. take a look at some of the very interesting results. especially from the west coast. harry reid, the democratic majority leader in the senate, was able to hold on to his seat against sharron angle ae-ea party challenger. he eked out a win in nevada. in california, two very
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interesting races. barbara boxer is headed back to the senate after a tough race against carly fiorina. she came out after the polls said she was in fact ahead. and california's governor jerry brown, the democrat won there in that very tough and expensive race. now, there are still some senate races on the west coast that we're watching very closely. in alaska, lisa murkowski, the republican turned write-in candidate, is in the lead as of now against both a republican and a democratic challenger. some of the votes there still being counted in alaska. in washington state, democrat senator patty murray is holding off a challenge from republican dino rossi, but with more than half of the votes in, that race this morning, still too close to call. and finally, in colorado's senate race, democrat michael bennet and the republican are in a very tight race, ken buck.
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too close to call. that one may end up in a recount. >> tracie potts in washington. tracie, thank you. what does all of this mean in the coming months and years for governing in washington? with insight on that we go to joy ann reid, political columnist for the miami herald, and, joy, thank you for joining us this morning. >> good morning. >> you and i know in this business, headlines are everything. what's the headline here in the midterm election? >> i think if i had to write a headline it would be revenge of the mccain voter. if you look at the exit poll, the demographic of the polls that came out, excited about this election are basically the demographic of people who voted for john mccain and prefer him in the 200 presidential election. they came out. older voters, white voters. suburban voters who were really ready to deal a blow to president obama. >> for the first time, president obama going to have to deal with a republican majority any a house of congress. the president made a call to pro
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pective house leader john boehner last night. what do you they relationship will look like compared to the partnership with nancy pelosi who frankly fought hard for his policies? >> she did and paid the price for being successful at moving legislation through the house. then her members didn't get credit for it because they didn't pass the senate. with john boehner, tricky. they both have a need to deliver results. i think since we've seen the house of representatives change hands now three times in 16 years which is unprecedented in american history, the electorate is volatile. not giving people a lot of time to deliver what they want. both john boehner and the president need deliver on jobs but both have opposite constituencies. boehner constituency wants to see spending cuts. things you can't necessary dloi if you're trying to stimulate the economy to create jobs and they want to see cuts, but not in social security on medicare. very contradictory and difficult for him to do what the tea party part of his base wants him to do. >> out west we know there's still uncertainty. what did you make, especially of
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alaska? this too early to call? we don't know the outcome, possibly for week. incredibly interesting race really from the beginning with the element of a write-in candidate? >> a crazy year, independent candidates interesting and exciting. rhode island, lincoln won there. in alaska unprecedenteded. there have been write-ins before for senate, no one's actually won one. lisa murkowski would be the first. 116 candidates on that write-in ballot to confuse voters. it would be a story and she will, if she wins caucus with republicans. a victory for the establishment over the tea party. >> and have to spell her name correctly, part of what the process will be. quick, the president is going to be speaking today. what do you expect him to say? >> conciliatory. we heard the message of the american people are ready to get to work on jobs. i think the white house really
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understands that jobs is what the american people want to hear about. that's where the anxiety is coming from. >> do you think there's a referendum on president obama? >> i think it is. only among those that didn't like him from the beginning. looking at the exit poll, who the voters were, predisposed not to really like barack obama and didn't want to give him too much time. so his voters, the people who still support the president didn't really come out in enough numbers to help them. >> we'll see what this new congress looks like in the next few months. so joy ann reid, thank you so much for joining us. we appreciate your perspective. >> thank you. much more news coming up in our top story, first, a quick look at our national and regional weather forecast. most of the nation will be sunny and dry today, but a big rain storm in the deep south as it travels a trouble spot today. heavy rain and thunderstorms through louisiana, mississippi, alabama and eventually there in georgia. and the forecast for the rest of the nation keeps the great lakes and northeast sunny and cool
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while much of the west and desert southwest will experience some above average temperatures, and e a w fefew record high there's in california. los angeles er96e, fe degrees. and also keeping a close eye on tropical depression tomas which while weakening is expected to restrengthen. it's forecast to make a direct hit on the earthquake ravaged haiti friday. possibly as a hurricane. heavy rain producing flash flooding and mudslides is the biggest threat there. s as well. lake tahoe, mostly sun and creeping into the 70s. well, wall street thinks republicanen. nasdaq hits the heights and the part-time job, we all wouldn't
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>> good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. here are some of your top headlines this morning -- greece is suspending all parcels of mail delivery abroad for 48 hours following two days of mail bomb attacks. greek militant groups are suspected of targeting embassies in athens, international organizations and foreign leaders, including german chancellor angela merkel and french president nicolas sarkozy. insurgents carried out bomb
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attacks across the capital tuesday killing 76 people and wounding scores more. the blast occurred in at least 13 neighborhoods targeting mostly shiites. in a new memoir, former president george w. bush reveals he once considered dropping dick cheney from his 2004 re-election ticket to put an end to the assertion that the former vice president was the real decision-maker. he admits that one of the worst times in his presidency was when kanye west accused him of not caring about black people in the wake of hurricane katrina. what could be a major medical breakthrough -- scientists have discovered a new immune defense which they say could cure the common cold. researchers at cambridge university say they found a way to attack virus cells from the inside using, quote, powerful virus crushing machinery. an early look at one of your top health headlines on -- according to a new study,
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compounds found in black raspberries are effective in preventing colorectal cancers in mice. it gives them their color along way host of other cancer-fighting vitamins minerals and acids. the next stepping will be seeing if the same results are found in humans. for information on this and other health stories check out the health page at "early today" health is brought to you by -- vagisil. bring yourself back. >> and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 11,188 after adding 64 points yesterday. the s&p rose 9 points. the nasdaq gained 28. taking a look at overseas trading this morning -- in tokyo, the nikkei was closed for a holiday while in hong kong, the hang seng climbed 473. stocks closed higher tuesday on expectations the midterm
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election and stimulus from the federal reserve would create a more business-friendly environment. cigna advanced more than 4%. health care stocks climbed on anticipation there may be a movement to repeal parts of the law. energy was the s&p's second best performing sector. republicans are traditional supporters of the oil industry. and a rise of over 1% in oil prices tuesday also helped the sector. the tech-heavy nasdaq index reached a new high for the year as apple, microsoft and amazon all gained more than 1% for the day. also, driving stocks, upon the completion of its two-day meeting later today, a statement is expected from the fed with most expecting the central bank to announce at least some dames about its long-awaited stimulus move. those expectations drove the dollar down against a host of other currencies. the dollar's decline has been another recent engine churning stock prices and purchases.
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in earnings news -- mastercard jumped almost 3% after it reported a third quarter profit that beat expectations, but kellogg's fell 2%. weaker earning growth next year is expected. and finally, how about 31,000 bucks for an hour of delivering pizza? this december to help hype its 25th anniversary in japan, dominos will hire one lucky person, no experience necessary. sounds like a good gig, especially these days. well, the heat scorched the wolves, and can a political ad inspired by lebron james tleed a victory in ohio? and it's not just elections in the nation's capital. the nba's top draft pick has a remarkable home debut for the wizards. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. you're watching "early today." [ female announcer ] any hair shines in the spotlight.
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rating has never been higher and his dance moves aren't too bad, either. third quarter. wall picked off the pass and soared to the rim. fast forward to the fourth. philly up, 106-103. card yea martin from downtown, and he got it. wizards forced overtime with an off balance three-pointer from martin. they took the lead late in o.t., but the sixers with one last chance. the wizards won their home opener, 116-115. now to the state of florida. heat and timberwolves. the third quarter, wesley johnson on a break and look out behind you. lebron with one of his trademark blocks into the stands. no recount needed in florida. heat won it 129-97. now for the last several months, we've been bombarded with political ads on tv, but none tied in sports quite like lee fisher's remake of the recent lebron james commercial.
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>> what should i do? should i throw in the towel? what should i do? should i tell you how much i care about ohio? what should i do? should i remind you that i've never left ohio? we should never give up in ohio. worked in every corner of this state to save jobs. should i get my tattoo removed? never. i believe in ohio, and that's why i'm running for the u.s. senate. just vote. >> unfortunately, like lebron james, lee fisher lost. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. >> a for creativity there. in a moment, we're going to take another look at highlights from the 2010 mid-term elections. plus, democracy stretching literally out of this world. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry. we want to bring you a recap of the key election results along with ballot initiatives you'll probably be hearing about today. the headlines here is in the house, republicans have taken enough seats to reach the majority. they reached well past that crucial number of 39 to take control. it appears democrats will retain control of the senate. among those winning re-election is senate majority leader harry reid. he defeated tea party favorite sharron angle. democrats have held on to another key seat, incumbent barbara boxer wins the u.s. senate race in california.
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for the tea party, senate candidates marco rubio in florida and rand paul in kentucky came out on top and and republicans have also picked up several governorships from democrats. in south carolina, republican state representative nicki haley has become the state's first female governor and democrats picked up one from republicans with jerry brown elected governor in california. meanwhile, the golden state's referendum to legalize marijuana went up in smoke. they rejected prop 19. and voters in rhode island voted to keep the original name, the state of rhode island, and providence plantations, despite a movement to drop providence plantations due to the association by some to slavery. and california's referendum to voter rejected proposition 19. and this comes to us from the international space station. thanks to a 1997 texas law, the
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astronauts were able to cast their ballots in local elections via secure e-mail from 220 miles above earth. and from the space station, not getting in the way of a democratic right. thanks to a 1997 texas law, the astronauts were able to cast ballots in local elections via secure e-mail from 220 miles above earth. incidentally, tuesday, the space station marked a big milestone. ten years of human habitation. the orbiting lab trafed more than 1.5 billion miles. that's the equivalent of eight round trips to the sun. and it makes for very pretty pictures up there. so we always enjoy it. i'm lynn berry and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. gecko: good news sir, i just got an email from the office
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next time use fedex office. okay. this wedding dress was unveiled in michigan. princess diana's wedding dress was added to an exhibit in her name in michigan. the ivory gown, considered a work of art was made with 10,000 hand embroidered pearls. 29 years ago diana's royal wedding and dress was seen on tv by over a billion people worldwide. one family learned that it's probably best to let the dog fetch the mail. in england, a family house cat caused quite a stir after she scratched the mailman's hand. when the royal mail got the
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message, they talent threatened to suspend delivery at the address. they claim she was just blplayi around. a cat, after all. in one recent bullfight in columbia, the audience got more than they asked for. a man stood up to find his trousers had ripped. the bullfighters chose to wrap cloth around his waist and continued the contest, mostly unscathed. time now for an early look at some of the stories we'll follow throughout the day here on nbc. in washington we're expected to get president obama's first public reaction to the election results, due to hold a news conference at the white house. also at the capitol, the security and exchange commission is expected to meet on reporting whistleblowers under the consumer protection act, whistleblowers can get paid for
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coming forward about certain violations. and in san francisco, the streets will be packed for a parade honoring the world series championons, the san francisco giants. all day long, you can stay on top of the very latest developments in those stories and others as they break on msnbc. and tonight be sure to watch brian williams with nbc "nightly news." and, finally, here's a look at what's coming up later this morning on the "today" show. matt and meredith talk with candidates from some of the biggest races around the country. plus the latest details on the races too close call. and latin superstar ricky martin opens up about his career in music, his twin boys and his decision to tell the world he's gay. now keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weather, sports and more. i'm lynn berry. thanks for watching "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. have a good one. -- captions by vitac --
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